1-on-1 Bike Commuter Service

Last week we piloted a new service with a few Spartans: 1-on-1 bike commuter help, and it seemed to hit the mark!

 

 

The class was really well received with the participants who came in with a number of concerns related to commuting to campus and home by bike, most of which were quickly resolved after some brief discussion.

We moved on to specific route concerns between their neighborhood and campus and we were able to offer some small changes to their routes to find lower-stress solutions.

We’ve decided to offer this as a new complimentary service of MSU Bikes.  You can either call the Center (517-432-3414) to schedule a time to sit down with Tim to review your concerns and routes or if a personal visit isn’t convenient for you email him and he’ll answer as best as possible via email or you can schedule a session.

For those of you just too busy to take advantage of this personalized service we’ve assembled this page summarizing all of the bike commuter benefits we can think of.  You can also stop by for a free hard-copy of the TCBA Crosstown Map booklet which is a great way to learn about most of the nicer, safer ways to get around the county.

IMG_2417-croppedA word about your concierge: 
Tim has been riding around the Greater Lansing area for transportation for more years than he cares to remember, and he’s happy to share his street knowledge with anyone.

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Archive: Stress-Free Bike Commuter Tips Clinics

Does your bike commute to campus scare you?  Looking for the safest route to/from campus?


Learn the basics of bike commuting and get one-on-one help choosing safe routes with help from MSU Bikes’ staff!

 

 

Come to the MSU Bikes Service Center and get a review of everything you wanted to know about riding your bike safely to work/ campus and for other errands around town.  The 2nd part of each class will be focused on helping you find the safest and most stress-free route to and from campus.  Attendance will include your own personal map of the safest, most enjoyable route to/from campus.  Your instructor will be Tim Potter, MSU Bikes’ Sustainable Transportation Manager who’s been riding the region’s roads for many years.

Cost: 

These 1-hr. workshops are FREE and limited to 5 people per session so we can give the personal attention/ advice promised.

Where/When:

MSU Bikes Service Center Exterior, fall 2017
MSU Bikes Service Center Exterior, fall 2017

Classes are being offered on March 26 – 29th.  They’ll be held at the MSU Bikes Service Center and start at 5:30 pm (see this map for our location & visitor parking on campus (check box for visitor parking – nearby lots are faculty/staff permits only til 6 pm – so be careful).  Our door will be closed/ locked since the shop closes at 5:00 pm; just knock and we’ll let you in!

RSVP required here:  https://doodle.com/poll/9v8z9czxxf56995p

Cancellations:

If we don’t get at least 2 people for a session by 2 pm the day of the session it’ll be cancelled.  So, PLEASE be sure to provide your email address when RSVP’g so we can let you know if it’s cancelled, rescheduled or other last minute things that might arise.

Cold-weather Riding Workshops

Winter cycling is a blast!
Did you know that no matter how cold it gets you can still enjoy riding?

As a year-round cycling MSU professor of packaging (hat tip Diana Twede) likes to say “It’s just a matter of the correct packaging!”  Your body generates lots of heat while riding and you’re moving faster to your destination. MSU staff also keep the roads and paths very clear throughout the winter for everyone’s safety, although getting to campus is sometimes a little more challenging!

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Some budding winter cyclists getting a bike ready for the cold.

Come to the MSU Bikes Service Center for one or more of three classes to learn more about getting you and your bike ready for winter cycling so you can enjoy it as much as many others do every winter.  If none of these dates work for you then review our winter cycling tips here at your leisure.

If you’re already a cold-weather cycling veteran then PLEASE come with your setup and do some show ‘n tell to help inspire others!  The following workshops are FREE, short and full of good tips you can use this winter to have a better, safer more comfortable time.

Sessions are limited to 6 people attending with their bikes and requires at least 3 attendees, so RSVPs are requested. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS with your name if you want to be notified of possible changes/ cancellations due to lack of attendance or unforeseen circumstances.

Sorry, there is no visitor parking available nearby; click here for visitor parking information. They will ticket cars in the Bessey Parking lot til 6 pm.

We close the shop at 5 pm, so you’ll find the Closed sign up when you get here; the door should be unlocked so just come in or knock.

All ready for fun cold weather riding!
All ready for fun cold weather riding!

101 Session: (Mon. 12/04/17) — 1 space open!

This session will focus on the overall/ general tips on how to prep your clothing and your bike for comfy, enjoyable and safe riding.

102 Session: (Tues. 12/05/17)

This session will mostly be a repeat of the 101 class for those who couldn’t attend it and then if time allows we’ll dig into more depth and other finer considerations of cold-weather riding.

photo2103 Session: (Wed. 12/06/17)

This session will be a DIY studded tire and other DIY ways to modify your bike for added safety and comfort. Materials are NOT included and we’ll NOT have enough time to actually make your own studded tires but instead you’ll see a demonstration of how they’re made.

 

 

Any questions about the class? Call Tim Potter, instructor: (517) 432-3414 or email here.